Humanitarian Appeal to the International Community on Behalf of Puerto Rico
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WHEREAS Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated many Caribbean islands including Barbuda, Antigua, the Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico, and
WHEREAS the island of Puerto Rico has been completely devastated by Hurricane Maria, with power outages still in over 85% of the island, and
WHEREAS the people of Puerto Rico are reduced to drinking water that is dangerously contaminated according to the United States' own EPA, in violation of their human rights to clean water, and
WHEREAS contaminated water and other conditions may lead to epidemic disease, and
WHEREAS the people of Puerto Rico are suffering widespread food shortages in the wake of the devastation of Hurricane Maria, in many cases having lost ALL food stocks available to them, and
AND WHEREAS economic conditions on the island have been manipulated by investors in the United States, causing widespread poverty and inability to purchase food in Puerto Rico, and
AND WHEREAS the President of the United States, who was elected by a minority of voters and does not represent the people of the United States, has engaged in racist insults towards the people of Puerto Rico in their time of need, and demonstrated a lack of empathy with people who have suffered tremendous loss, and
AND WHEREAS the response of the government of the United States to the dire situation in Puerto Rico has been slow or nonexistent, and its institutions of aid have been corrupt and ineffectual, so much so that the treatment of Puerto Rico by the government of the United Stateshas been characterized as GENOCIDE, and
AND WHEREAS the mayor of the capital city of San Juan, Puerto Rico, has called on the United Nations for assistance,
THEREFORE, we, the citizens of Puerto Rico, of the United States and of the world appeal to you as someone who commands worldwide attention to do everything in your power directly to relieve the suffering of the people of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean; and
AND WE IMPLORE you to use all the diplomacy at your disposal to urge the Government of the United States to care for its citizens.
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